Cultivating a Life of Community

Community alone cannot give what God intends we find in Him, but community can carry you to the throne when you’ve lost strength to go unaided. –Christina Crenshaw

 

With the inventions of garages, came more separation than humanity had ever known. One can go from work into their car and pull straight into the safeguard of their home without having to even wave at the neighbors. And how many shows depict those “pesky annoying neighbors?” You know, the ones that get all up in your business or try to chat for 2 hours, when you’ve got SO MUCH TO DO. “I don’t have time for this,” you think.

 

But then on the flip side, we go to church and expect people to bend over backwards to cater to us, and even get mad when no one welcomes us properly or no one seeks us out to join a group. Or, we think, “I just came for the message, please leave me alone.” Either way we’re upset right?

 

God talks explicitly all throughout scripture about community.

 

For instance, Hebrews 10:24-25 says,

 

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

 

So, God obviously believes community with the body is important; it’s practically a commandment!

 

But why is community so important?

  1. Living out our purpose involves people.
  2. Because it is GOOD! “How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
  3. To learn to live in harmony with others of different thoughts and personalities. “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
  4. Because God’s presence is there. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
  5. To help take care of each other, both physically and spiritually. “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32
  6. To spread the Gospel. “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47
  7. To promote and increase faith. “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.” Romans 14:1

 

But what do we do when community doesn’t come so easily? What do we do when it seems harder to fit in?

 

  1. Serve!!! The best place to meet people is after or before service hours!
  2. Join a friend’s group! (or life or small group)
  3. If you see someone sitting by themselves, introduce yourself!
  4. Attend events the church sponsors outside of service hours!

“As the church, we are in community together trying to fulfill this Great Commission that Jesus left us with. As we gently press into each other, we form one united thing, His church. As we work together, sharing the space God gives us to do His work, we all become shaped a little different. We all become a little more like Him.”  -Jennifer Lane

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Katie Wimberly She and her husband, Nate, have been married for five years and have a two-year old son, Isaiah. She is a licensed mental health counselor, and currently works for a private counseling agency in Statesville and Taylorsville. She attended Liberty University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, and a Master’s in Professional Counseling. She is passionate about seeing people liberated from things holding them back in life so that they can live the limitless life God has called them to.

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